Note: This post’s date stamp has been advanced, to continue a vital discussion. Newer posts follow MathGrrl’s below.
Bornagain77 writes (in jest I believe): “MathGrrl posting a thread??? [here.] Is this Uncommon Descent???”
BA’s comment reminds me of a conversation I had with my dad when I was about 13. I was blessed with a dad who from an early age engaged with me on theological issues. One of the issues we debated was the “once saved always saved issue” (Calvin’s “perseverance of the saints”). My dad believes in the doctrine, and one day I decided to be a little provocative and told him I had become an Armenian (the camp that believes a Christian can “fall from grace”). I expected him to get upset and power down on me and try to push me into recanting that statement.
I will never forget his response. He said, “OK.”
“What,” I said, “aren’t you going to try to make me change my mind?”
He replied, “On these disputable matters every man has to decide. If you have a position on an issue and you begin to think you are wrong, you have to work hard and study until you have studied it through. After you have studied it through you may have come to understand better why you are right. But if you still think you are wrong, then you have an obligation to change your mind. I presume you’ve studied ‘once saved always saved” through and you’ve come to the conclusion you were wrong. So you have to change your mind.”
Back to BA’s statement. If MathGrrl asserts a position on our site that is contrary to what we assert, we have to study hard. Then we have two choices: If we can, we should prove her wrong. If we can’t we must change our mind.
It is my sincere hope that this site never becomes an echo chamber. Echo chambers are boring. We always welcome a (civil) discussion with those who disagree with us. We never run from a confrontation, because we are confident in our position. We will debate the issues here and let the chips fall. This is the same spirit that motivates Dembski and Gordon’s new book, The Nature of Nature, where they gather the most brilliant minds on both sides, discuss the issues, and let the readers (in our case “lurkers”) decided for themselves.
So, welcome MathGrrl. ID math people, she’s putting you to the test. Will you rise to meet her?
BTW, I was an Armenian for all of about 10 days. 😉